Important: Give Your Service Dog a FAKE NAME

Important: Give Your Service Dog a FAKE NAME

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  1. Cec9e13 on December 1, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Like, what is WRONG with people – I mean, I don’t really make conversation with random strangers just because they have a critter, unless the critter is one you usually don’t see out in public, but…
    And when the person says, "dumb dog doesn’t know its name, durr durr durr," say, "Well obviously he’s not going to respond to YOU, he works for ME."

  2. Turtle Cakes on December 1, 2022 at 11:42 am

    New problem, my girls started responding to her fake name hhhh

  3. granny sweet on December 1, 2022 at 11:46 am

    I use "baby" as thats what the first responders say automatically, trying to lure the service dog away from me.

    For medic alert dogs ,distracting is deadly.

    When someone asks what my dogs name is i tell them none of your business, don’t endanger us.
    Seems to work.

  4. Stephen on December 1, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Cool. But if anyone has a normal house dog they slap a "service dog" harness on they should be fined, heavily. its a liability and people just want to bend the rules because people go nuts for their dogs. Its illegal. look it up

  5. Moonlight Sorcery on December 1, 2022 at 11:52 am

    I love this video ❤️ good idea

  6. Fern on December 1, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I thought about this exact topic for a while. I have an SD who I am planning to bring to school next year but I feel like keeping up with a fake name would be really really hard in that kind of environment especially while I’m trying to educate at the same time. so I’m feeling kind of conflicted. With random people like at the grocery store I give them a fake name but I don’t know if I should with the classmates I see everyday but don’t exactly trust.

  7. Bodie on December 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

    What if you have a service dog handler friend that will call your dogs name to “distract”

  8. Anna on December 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

    I can see how some people would really enjoy your suggestion.
    I’m currently teaching my Phoenix to be triggered by anybody talking cutesy to him. The response I want from him for someone else endeavoring to get his attention is to face me and put his body between me and the other person.
    This is what we begin training earlier this year, long before finding your video here.
    I can NOT control other people reaching to pet my dog or ignoring me and engaging my dog with baby talk. They’ll do it even without knowing his name.
    I can train him to have an appropriate response, a response that will benefit the working relationship between the two of us.
    We are also working on him being triggered by dog lovers reaching as we walk past them.
    The response I want from him on these occasions is to look into my face, asking what I want him to do next. His reward is me asking him to do a couple of things he really enjoys doing.

  9. JP PrincessPoki ♪ on December 1, 2022 at 11:58 am

    my dogs real name is Sadie but I say my dogs name is Poki

  10. Debbie on December 1, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Good Idea!!

  11. Cassie Thompson on December 1, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for the education! We have a new pup arriving soon and I have been watching training videos, and I noticed how important it was to make their name worth something. So I wondered if a fake (or secondary) name might be good to give the kids (who are going to want to call it constantly).

  12. Darci Scott on December 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, I enjoyed your video. I have a question. Don’t you use the dog’s name when giving them a command? I have heard that you can give dogs commands without using their name, but i don’t know how that works.

  13. Nightcactus on December 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Great info. It’s always a nice idea to ask for permission before interacting with any dog, including saying Hi.

  14. OhCDoe on December 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    I think I might try and train the "second name" as a command. Any time anyone says that name it looks up to me. Like tell people their name is "focus" and the dog just keeps looking at me.

  15. Emily Hamm on December 1, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    never thought of this! ive had the problem where they ask to pet him but i just tell them ‘hes working right now’ but never thought about the name one before. thanks for the tip!

  16. Troy and Gunner on December 1, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    This is a great idea. Luckily I was able to train my service dog to ignore everyone rather they know his name or not.

  17. RocksCryOut777 on December 1, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    In other words: Lie. Why not just tell people the truth. "It’s a service dog, I don’t encourage human interaction in public"

  18. Thomasa Bradley on December 1, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Very smart idea

  19. Logan Coyotl on December 1, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Never thought about this honestly but it’s a really good point. Definitely gonna do this once we’re ready for PA.

  20. Abbey Awesome101 on December 1, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    I have a medical alert service dog for my PTSD generlized anxitey disorder and major deppressive disorder she alerts before I faint she she alerts before a a episode and she distracts me during a episodes and she reminds me to take medince and and she does light pressure theraphy one time I was at the grocery store with my service dog and I was at the atm and this lady in line tryed to pet her without asking and my dog is a smaller breed so ually I have to say please don’t let her she’s my medical alert service dog and that I was starting to shake really bad and my dog stood behind me and alerted me to sit down because I was about to faint and my PTSD gets that bad as she’s alerting after she stopped petting her she started making kissy noises and I’m thinking thank goodness she dosent know her name and me and my service dog are thinking lady you look ridlous and I’m walking out with my service dog and I’m about to sit down to do light pressure theraphy and that take my medince but if I dident get to do that it would have been worse

  21. Natalie Christensen on December 1, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t get a whole lot of people coming up to me I think it’s because I have a Doberman and a lot of people are scared of her for no reason. I never really thought about it but I think I finally decided on one that Will be easy for me to say instead of her real name

  22. Savannah on December 1, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve done that a few times. It’s funny when people start calling him and he doesn’t respond and the people are so confused lol

  23. KatYoongi on December 1, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    My service dog’s name is Kansas but I tell people her name is "Beans" or "Shaker" XD

  24. Foxx Girl on December 1, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    i say "i dont give out his name when hes working"

  25. CJ Youdontneedtoknow on December 1, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Love this but my response is "Their name is necessary medical equipment, please don’t distract them"

  26. Varia Moon on December 1, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I was out with Shimmer and someone asked her name I gave a fake one and they immediately started calling her from across the street! what is wrong with people? Was so glad for this tip!! Thanks!!

  27. The Ravenclaw Den on December 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I just say He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

  28. Service Dog on A Budget on December 1, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Sapphire’s "name" is either dog (not d-o-g) or rex.

  29. Khanh HM on December 1, 2022 at 12:36 pm


    I just found your channel and I appreciate what I have watched so far. I’m a woman who has been working with guide dogs for almost 22 years now, and I’m always interested in others’ perspectives, whether they be trainers or handlers. Regarding the whole name giving thing, I’ve done everything from giving out my dog’s name to giving out a fake name. Now I simply say: "I don’t give out my dog’s name until I know someone well." And then I keep moving if we’re in motion or I back away if we’re standing on line.

    I’m glad the fake name thing works for some people, but for me, it’s all about being comfortable with myself, putting boundaries and protecting them.

  30. Becca Kronick on December 1, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Also helps to go with a boring, common name like George or calm name like Willow. I used to give out the fake name of Izzy but found that its too exciting of a name and people want to engage my girl. Now I go with Willow and people just comment to me on how beautiful of well behaved she is. Definetely dont go with names from fandom or what not as your just asking for problems. And once yove settled on a fake name, use it everytime or youll be left looking like an idiot as you hesitate to remember what it is. Ive only actually told her real name on like 2 occasions( one of which I was called out by the lady cutting my hair for talking to my dog with a different name than what I told her it was so I had to fess up and explain why I do it)

  31. Sarah Brennan on December 1, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I always say “sorry I don’t give out his name while he’s working “

  32. Lee Jennifer Corlew Ayres on December 1, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    How about just saying it creates a safety issue to give out a service dogs name so we don’t do it.

  33. Scarlet and Pinky the service pup’s on December 1, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Scarlett’s new name is Hazel when she is working when people ask

  34. Brigand231 on December 1, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Yep, learned this at the hospital. The other half told one nurse and later, when leaving the hospital everyone was distracting him.
    Once at Petsmart, we told the manager we were getting Pup a bandana for his birthday and she asked what his name was, we said "Nunya" and a minute later, she was singing happy birthday to Nunya on the loudspeaker. Sometimes I say it’s Rumplestiltskin. To be clear, it’s the other half’s SD and I fill in when she needs me to, don’t want to misrepresent.

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